The new Confederacy, facing into the Union cannon, had too
much on its hands to send troops to the Texas frontier to
hold back the Indians. Instead, it authorized the State of
Texas to raise its own troops.
Many kinds of men drifted into the Texas Mounted Rifles.
Some thought it might be safer than fighting in far off
Virginia. Many were merely young men a-thirst for adventure.
Some were settlers who saw this as the best way to protect
their families and homes against the murderous thrusts of
the Comanche. And some were men who still loved the Union,
who had lived too long under that gallant flag to turn their
guns against it now. Such a man was Scout Sam Houston Cloud...a